St Lucia is an island nation that is one of the Windward islands of the Lesser Antilles in the eastern part of the Caribbean Sea. Saint Lucia is located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and St. Vincent, and north of Barbados.
St. Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, with a shape that is said to resemble either a mango or an avocado (depending on your taste).
Saint Lucia is very lush and mountainous, the people are very friendly with lots of things to do and see, great restaurants, many good supermarkets and reasonable health system.
The beautiful island of St Lucia is located in the eastern part of the Caribbean and belongs to the Windward group of islands. With a population of 180,870 (2012) people, the economy is heavily dependent on tourism and the island is well known for events such as the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival and the St Lucia International Fisherman’s Feast. It is also known for one of its main tourist attractions- the mountain peaks known as the Pitons.
In spite of gaining independence from Britain in 1979, St Lucia has a Monarchial System and is represented by a Governor-General appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The island’s parliament essentially subscribes to a bi-cameral system; however it is described as being made up of three components: Her Majesty, a Senate and a House of Assembly. As of 2016, St Lucia’s Prime Minister is Hon. Allen Chastanet, who is the political leader of the United Workers Party, the Leader of the Opposition is Hon. Philip J. Pierre of the Saint Lucia Labor Party and the Governor-General has been Dame Pearlette Louisy since 1997.
The Senate is quite small and made up of only eleven senators, six are appointed by the Governor General in consultation with the Prime Minister, three are appointed upon the advice of the Leader of the Opposition and two are selected by the Governor General after discussions with various religious, economic or social bodies/ associations. The present House of Assembly consists of seventeen elected members representing as many constituencies. Similar to what takes place in Trinidad and Tobago’s House of Representatives, the St. Lucia constitution makes provision for the Speaker of the House of Assembly to be chosen from outside of the elected membership.
St Lucia’s elections are generally held every five years and, as with most Caribbean territories, the minimum age for electors is eighteen but one must be twenty-one in order to be elected or become a legislator.
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